Eastern Conn. stops PSU Softball winning streak

            MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Plymouth State University softball team had its school-record 14 game winning streak stopped Sunday, dropping a Little East Conference doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut State University, 9-8 and 7-3, at ECSU's Spector Field.

            PSU had relied on strong pitching to run its winning streak to 14, breaking the previous mark of 10 set in 2003, but Sunday was a day for scoring runs.  The two teams combined for 17 runs on 19 hits in the opener, and added 10 runs on 16 hits in the nightcap.  PSU finished the day with a 14-4 overall record and 2-2 LEC mark, while Eastern Conn. improved to 14-4 and 4-0.

            Eastern Conn. jumped on PSU for four runs in the bottom of the first inning in the opener, senior Krystle Denny (West Haven, Conn.) delivering an RBI single and sophomore Kim Church (Farmington, Conn.) smacking a three-run home run. The Panthers answered with six runs in the top of the second inning, as freshman Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) and sophomore Kay LaBrie (Somersworth, N.H.) each hit two-run home runs and freshman Melissa Caiazzo (Portland, Maine) added an RBI single.

            LaBrie added an RBI double in the fourth inning and sophomore Sammi Romano (Kingston, N.H.) chipped in with an RBI single in the fifth as PSU extended its lead to 8-4, but Eastern pulled out the win with five runs in the sixth inning.  Senior Kate Livingston (West Hartford, Conn.) and junior Courtney Caswell (Wakefield, R.I.) hit RBI doubles, and Denny hit a big two-run home run to key the winning rally.

            The Warriors scored one run in the first inning of the nightcap, and pulled away with three in the third and two more in the fourth.  PSU finally got on the board in the fifth inning on a two-run double by senior Danielle Normand (Rumford, R.I.). Freshman Laura Kaplan (Franklin, N.H.) added another run for the Panthers in the sixth inning when she doubled and later scored on an infield out. Freshman Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) finished the game with three hits for PSU.

            PSU gets right back into action Tuesday with a non-conference doubleheader at Castleton State (3:30 p.m.)  Eastern Conn. hosts Wheaton in a non-conference twinbill on Tuesday (5:00 p.m.)

  (Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)

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